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11-07-2009 08:15 PM Frame Work
The 30 Plymouth frame like many other old cars has cross members that are held in place by rivets. Since my frame was boxed many years ago I can't access all of the rivets to determine if their in good shape. The frame is sound though, so I decided to grind and weld all the gussets and cross members right to the frame rails. Here are a few pics from today's grinding and welding.


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10-31-2009 07:33 PM Frame repair at steering box
This old frame had been retro fitted with a different style steering box years ago. The current set up is for a Chevy Vega box which I will retain. Today I cut out the mounting plate for the previous gear box and welded up the area with ¼" plate. I also cleaned and reinforced the Vega box gusset on the left frame rail. The frame is very solid. Here's a few shots showing the old bracket and the repair area. Also a pic of the Vega gusset mounted vertical on the left frame rail.


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10-26-2009 08:52 PM More Chassis Pics
More pics.


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10-26-2009 08:45 PM 1930u Chassis Work
1930U Chassis Work

I finally got started on the frame. It's nice to be doing something besides body work. I plan to finish the body on the dolly over the winter.

This is an original 1930U, 1931-32 PA chassis. It was modified in the late 60's early 70's for street and strip. I was expecting the worst when I started taking it apart but much to my surprise it came apart with no problem. I was able to knock the king pins up and out with only a 12oz hammer and brass drift. It's primitive but I am trying to save all the old school parts and will reuse everything I can.

The Olds/Pontiac rear end has to weigh at least 200lbs. The guy that built this thing used ½" plate steel to fab up all the mounting tabs for the rear suspension and rear end housing. It's super strong but I can see some battle scars here and there.

Here's a few shots.



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10-06-2009 08:34 PM Body off
Here's a shot of the body on the dolly where it will spend the winter in my shop. The door and rumble lid fitment didn't change to much when I pulled the body off. It's close enough that my mud slinger buddy should be able to do all the finish blocking, etc. right on the dolly. I did a shim count and will re-install the body mounts and shims back to their original locations when I put the body back on.

My goal is to have the chassis done with complete drive train installed by the New Year. The chassis is a real deal old school drag set up with 60 Old's rear end, 1/4 ellipitcal springs, quad coils, ladder bars, super T-10, and drilled straight axle on leaf springs. Here's a few more shots.


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